Tasting Notes for au96alum

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Red
2/14/2020 - au96alum Likes this wine:
89 points
It isn't as good as the earlier years I have had of this from 2012-2013 but it is still a good Italian wine for the price of low $20's. Good table wine.
Red
2/14/2020 - au96alum Likes this wine:
90 points
I was hoping for more but this is a hit or miss. Half of our party liked it and half didn't. Earthy, well developed and full bodied. I think price is a little high for what you get. I hold my other 2 bottles a little longer to see if it gets better.
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Red
2/13/2020 - au96alum Likes this wine:
93 points
What a Gorgeous Super Tuscan...if you like Italian wine, this is a homerun under $70. Chewable tannins...sits with you a while. I drank this over a period of 2.5 hours after decanting, and it got better after each hour but leveled off...definitely take some time with this one to enjoy. Long legs...alcohol 14% by volume. A little earthy tones and nose but mostly berries and a little nutty. Perfect Backbone. You could save this a little longer or open it up now.
Red
2/5/2020 - au96alum Likes this wine:
89 points
Good Italian blend for under $30.00. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it but if you come across it, get it...
Red
1/18/2020 - au96alum wrote:
89 points
Not as good as Paul Hobbs’ Cabs. It’s young though.
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Red
1/15/2020 - au96alum Likes this wine:
90 points
Love it and can provide several tasting notes...but keep this for another 2-3 years and open it up then. Maybe buy 3...one for now, one for 2 years from now and one for later. Too young yet but this will be beautiful one day. It is a good buy though at $36.
Red
12/25/2019 - au96alum Likes this wine:
94 points
Oh my goodness...this is one the best I have had in my personal cellar. Beautiful notes blackberry, chocolate, espresso maybe, deep...layered, silky tannin, smooth...was wonderful after 1 hour of decanting. This one is a must!! I wish I had bought a case of this one.
Red
11/3/2019 - au96alum wrote:
89 points
I liked it a little but was expecting so much more from the reviews and price. I even decanted it for about an hour...not much there. I probably wouldn't spend this kind of money on this one again.
Red
9/4/2019 - au96alum Likes this wine:
93 points
I love this....drank it at a friend's house. Smooth...great nose. If all Cabs could be like this, the world would be a better place. Silky....beautiful after being decanted.
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Red
9/1/2019 - au96alum wrote:
88 points
Disappointing for a Brunello
Red
6/6/2019 - au96alum Likes this wine:
90 points
Happy Birthday to myself. Great wine.
Red
4/22/2019 - au96alum wrote:
87 points
This was a little disappointing. Too acidic for me...astringent.
Red
4/8/2019 - au96alum Likes this wine:
92 points
Gorgeous and kept on going down smooth after an hour of decanting. Light and velvety tannins. Polished body and refined. Crisp acidity with earth tones with hints of berries, lanvender, etc. Love this for a $50 Brunello.15.5% alcohol volume..burn or hot..go easy with this one and take your time with it over an hour or two.
Red
3/31/2019 - au96alum wrote:
88 points
Blah...the acidity a little too much for me. Probably won't try again.
Red
2015 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Brolio Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
3/30/2019 - au96alum Likes this wine:
90 points
Too young to open. It was good, especially after an hour, but I would hold a little longer.
Red
3/10/2019 - au96alum Likes this wine:
91 points
Gorgeous!!! I love most everything that comes from this colossal historic vineyard. Earthly but light...Sangiovese. Floral and stays on the palate a bit. Silky tannins. It’s a must have.
Red
2/13/2019 - au96alum Likes this wine:
93 points
Can I say absolutely gorgeous!!! Some tobacco to leather hints. Blackberrys maybe...Earthy. This 15 year old seems perfect for opening...decanted for two hours and it opened up nicely. Dark ruby with very long legs. I so recommend this wine and vintage if you can find it.
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Red
11/22/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
91 points
I really enjoyed this reasonably priced Brunello. I have tasted more expensive Brunellos that were not as good as this one. Very nice finish but was light and gone with not much tannin left on the pallet. A little bit of cherry, espresso, oregano, aged balsamic, and leather. Some say fig, but I didn't get that. This Sangiovese was nice and was perfect to open for Thanksgiving.
Red
11/22/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
90 points
I don't buy French wine very often. This was a little too "spicy" for me but it was still good. I was hoping for a nice French wood barrel hint but I didn't get any. I think I will stick to my Italian and California wines that I am accustom to and leave the French to the baking only.
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Red
2006 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
3/13/2010 - au96alum Likes this wine:
90 points
I don't have notes on this one as I am backdating one of my favorites from that trip to Italy in 2009. I just remember we brought this back, kept it for a few months, and loved it.
Red
2005 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/23/2009 - au96alum Likes this wine:
91 points
I am back dating this so hard to remember tasting notes, but I do remember it was awesome and one of the best from that region that we tried in Italy on our trips.
Red
11/1/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
91 points
Lovely, complex but also light.
Red
10/17/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
90 points
Beautiful as it opened up after 45 minutes. Dark brown-burgundy colors, oaky earthy tones..great character, round tannins. Fleshy.
Red
2008 Corliss Estates Red Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/14/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
91 points
I love it. I opened up in 2018 and could use another year or two but still good. Very light bodied, clean style, chocolate tannin, smells like from steel barrels and not oak, plummy aroma.
Red
10/7/2018 - au96alum wrote:
88 points
I let it breathe and decant for an hour and still nothing. It’s past it’s prime. If you own it drink it now.
Red
7/7/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice body...beautiful tannins. It is time to open if you haven't. I am not sure how much longer it will hold. I get a hint of blackberry or cherry. Very chewy and long legs. It stays with you and last awhile. Higher alcohol content than usual 15.3%. I love this one but this vintage is about out.
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Red
7/1/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
89 points
I finally found a Trader Joe’s wine that is actually drinkable. Usually, I can’t stand the TJ wine but this one is actually good for its price.
Red
6/14/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
90 points
Beautiful Bordeaux blend. Plummy with some “toasty” oak / earth tones. Chocolate tannins with maybe a finesse body...heavy legs.
Red
6/10/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
90 points
What a nice nose of black fruit, plummy. Delicate acidity with velvety tannins. Firm and long legs....nice burgundy edges. It’s time to open this one if you haven’t.
Red
6/7/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
89 points
I like it but could sit another year. Tannin is muscular, acidity is racy, with Plummy nose.
Red
6/2/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
89 points
Beautiful but past it’s drinking time. Drink as soon as possible.
Red
5/28/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
88 points
I don’t know to characterize it. I think this could be saved a little longer like drink it 2019 - 2023. I liked this the best of all the wine there at this vineyard. Very “fruity”, light, without lingering tannins. Save this a little.
Red
5/10/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
91 points
Ahhhh now that’s nice. I decanted for about an hour and it is sooo silky smooth. Opened up after 7 years. Dark burgundy color. Nice on the palette but didn’t stay too long. Nice nose more fruit than floral....a little Opulent and Powerful.
Red
5/8/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
91 points
One of the best under $30 that I have had. This is light Rosso with beautiful flowery and fruity notes. Tannins stayed with you a little afterward. Lovely wine for the price...thanks to Cana Wine Company.
Red
4/20/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
89 points
I like this wine not love it...this 9 year old wine needs a little decanting...nice burgundy brown color on edges. It has an oak leather notes...some tannins...earthy...plummy. Not a strong finish...it was gone as fast as it came in.
Red
4/1/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
88 points
This was not as good as the 2013 vintage of this wine for some reason. Check my thoughts on 2013 and get that one instead of this 2014.
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Red
3/31/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
91 points
Very light in color but this is a different Verietal (Nebbiolo) than I used to. Lighter in color...could age another year. Nose has some raspberry and floral notes. It tasted wonderfully...a little on the lighter side. Had some tannins. Not complicated but lovely taste.
Red
3/23/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
88 points
I love the nose on this. It’s a different varietal and worth the try. My wife thought it was a little “tangy” but I can’t put that in wine tasting terms. Still young and lighter burgundy color. No tannins. Good table wine.
Red
3/2/2018 - au96alum wrote:
85 points
Nothing special but decent for 15
Red - Sweet/Dessert
Do you like chocolate? Do you like wine? Here is your answer. It goes well on just about any dessert.
Red
2/19/2018 - au96alum Likes this wine:
88 points
It was very good with our eggplant parmigiana. It’s didn’t have a lot of nose. Great Cab with long legs. No tannins. Burgundy color but could sit another year before opening.
Red
11/29/2017 - au96alum Likes this wine:
88 points
This is pretty good for Wine from Trader Joe’s. Nice aroma and flavor. I recommend for under <$20 wine.
Red
10/7/2017 - au96alum Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful wines and smooth. Light aromas some fruity but more earthy. Slow legs and light tannins. You can still taste it moment after that lingers.
Red
4/13/2017 - au96alum Likes this wine:
90 points
I tasted some of this at my friend's house "Bbrentso". This was a lovely wine. Natural fruit aroma, nice legs and color, etc. Very smooth and satisfying.
Red
4/16/2017 - au96alum Likes this wine:
87 points
I will say that I was a little disappointed in this. I saved it up for a big event and had it with lamb on Easter. It was a little "spicier" than I expected out of a Barolo and not as smooth as I have had.
Red
3/14/2017 - au96alum Does not like this wine:
83 points
I loved it at the taste testing...no one like this at our wine club. It must have been a bait and switch. This bottle was so undisireable.
Red
3/14/2017 - au96alum Likes this wine:
87 points
I love the bourbon oak barrel taste...this wine is definitely for guys. Some women in our group liked it.
Red
4/12/2017 - au96alum Likes this wine:
91 points
Such a beautiful wine. I enjoyed every sip of this. It had a nice nose...slow legs...beautify burgundy color. This was nice all by itself and didn't need pairing with food.
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Red
3/3/2017 - au96alum Likes this wine:
86 points
I was a little disappointed as I bought into the hype at the wine store. This definitely needs to sit a year or two. This light ruby red was a little "watered down". It had a beautiful aroma though but the taste fell short for me.
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Red
2/22/2017 - au96alum Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice nose...very bold. A lot of visable tanin. Fast legs then a lot of slow ones (sugary). Very smooth. Nice finish. I wouldn't mind getting a bottle of this.
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